List of SEVENTY Studies Providing Evidence for Wearing Masks

Copy Link

List of SEVENTY Studies Providing Evidence for Wearing Masks

If someone asks: What’s the evidence for mask wearing? Here is a list of *SEVENTY* papers, including reviews/meta-analysis and individual studies, in reverse chronological order.

This list also includes 31 from 2020 alone!

META = meta-analysis or systematic review.

 “Visualizing the effectiveness of face masks in obstructing respiratory jets,” Verma et al., June 30 2020, Phys Fluids: …


“Community Use Of Face Masks And COVID-19: Evidence From A Natural Experiment Of State Mandates In The US” Lyu et al., June 16 2020, Health Affairs: …


“Association of country-wide coronavirus mortality with demographics, testing, lockdowns, and public wearing of masks” Leffler et al., June 15 2020, medRxiv: …


“Identifying airborne transmission as the dominant route for the spread of COVID-19” Zhang et al., June 11 2020, PNAS: …


“A modelling framework to assess the likely effectiveness of facemasks in combination with ‘lock-down’ in managing the COVID-19 pandemic” Stutt et al., June 10 2020, Proc. R. Soc. A.: …

6 META: “Physical distancing, face masks, and eye protection to prevent person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis,” June 1 2020, Lancet:

“Face coverings for the public: Laying straw men to rest” Greenhalgh, May 26 2020, Journal of Evaluation of Clinical Practice: …

“COVID-19 and the Social Distancing Paradox: dangers and solutions” Marchiori, May 26 2020, arXiv:
“Cloth Masks May Prevent Transmission of COVID-19: An Evidence-Based, Risk-Based Approach,” Clase et al., May 22 2020, An of Int Med.:
10 “Quantitative Method for Comparative Assessment of Particle Filtration Efficiency of Fabric Masks as Alternatives to Standard Surgical Masks for PPE” Mueller et al., May 18 2020, medRxiv:

“Reduction of secondary transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in households by face mask use, disinfection and social distancing: a cohort study in Beijing, China” Wang et al., May 11 2020, BMJ Global Health: …


“The flow physics of COVID-19” Mittal et al., May 1 2020, J. Fluid Mech.:


“Aerosol Filtration Efficiency of Common Fabrics Used in Respiratory Cloth Masks” Konda et al., ACS Nano, April 24 2020: …

“Epidemiological characteristics of COVID-19 in medical staff members of neurosurgery departments in Hubei province: A multicentre descriptive study,” Wang et al., Apr 24 2020, medRxiv:
Evidence for Wearing Masks

Evidence for Wearing Masks
15 “A rapid systematic review of the efficacy of face masks and respirators against coronaviruses and other respiratory transmissible…” MacIntyre et al., Apr 21 2020, Int J Nursing Studies: …..

“Universal Masking is Urgent in the COVID-19 Pandemic: SEIR and Agent Based Models, Empirical Validation, Policy Recommendations,” Kai et al., Apr 21 2020, arXiv:
“Assessment of Fabric Masks as Alternatives to Standard Surgical Masks in Terms of Particle Filtration Efficiency” Mueller et al., Apr 17 2020, medRxiv:
“Visualizing Speech-Generated Oral Fluid Droplets with Laser Light Scattering,” Anfinrud et al., Apr 15 2020, N Engl J Med:
19 “Transmission of COVID-19 to Health Care Personnel During Exposures to a Hospitalized Patient — Solano County, California, February 2020,” Heinzerling et al., Apr 14 2020, CDC MMWR:
META: “Face Masks Against COVID-19: An Evidence Review,” Howard et al., Apr 12 2020, Preprints:
META: “Face masks for the public during the covid-19 crisis,” Greenhalgh et al., April 9 2020, BMJ:
“The Case for Universal Cloth Mask Adoption and Policies to Increase Supply of Medical Masks for Health Workers” Abaluck et al., April 6 2020, SSRN:
META: Facemasks and similar barriers to prevent respiratory illness such as COVID-19: A rapid systematic review,” Brainard et al., April 6 2020, medRxiv:
24 “Physical interventions to interrupt or reduce the spread of respiratory viruses. Part 1 – Face masks, eye protection and person distancing: systematic review and meta-analysis,” Jefferson et al., Apr 7 2020, medRxiv:
“Widespread use of face masks in public may slow the spread of SARS CoV-2: an ecological study,” Kenyon, Apr 6 2020, medRxiv:
“Could SARS-CoV-2 be transmitted via speech droplets?,” Anfinrud et al., Apr 6 2020, medRxiv:
“Respiratory virus shedding in exhaled breath and efficacy of face masks” Leung et al., Nat Med, April 3 2020:
“Potential Utilities of Mask-Wearing and Instant Hand Hygiene for Fighting SARS-CoV-2” Ma et al., J Med Virol., March 31 2020:
“Calibrated Intervention and Containment of the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Tian et al., Mar 16 2020, arXiv:
META: “Effectiveness of N95 Respirators Versus Surgical Masks Against Influenza: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis,” Long et al., Mar 13 2020, J Evid Based Med.:
Evidence for Wearing Masks

Evidence for Wearing Masks
“Association between 2019-nCoV transmission and N95 respirator use,” Wang et al., Mar 3 2020, J Hosp Infect.: …

32 “Risk of transmission via medical employees and importance of routine infection-prevention policy in a nosocomial outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)” Ki et al., Oct 30 2019, BMC Pulm Med.:
“N95 Respirators vs Medical Masks for Preventing Influenza Among Health Care Personnel, A Randomized Clinical Trial,” Radonovich et al., Sept 3 2019, JAMA:
“Modeling the Effectiveness of Respiratory Protective Devices in Reducing Influenza Outbreak” Yan et al., Sept 19 2018, Risk Analysis:
“Risk Factors for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Infection among Healthcare Personnel,” Alraddadi et al., Nov 2016, Emerg Infect Dis.:
36 “Surveillance of the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus (CoV) infection in healthcare workers after contact with confirmed MERS patients” Kim et al., July 27 2016, Clin Microb Infect.:
META: “Effectiveness of N95 respirators versus surgical masks in protecting health care workers from acute respiratory infection: a systematic review and meta-analysis” Smith et al. May 17 2016. CMAJ:
38 “Transmission Among Healthcare Worker Contacts With a Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Patient in a Single Korean Centre,” Kim et al., Feb 2016, Clin Microbiol Infect.:
“Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial to Test Effectiveness of Facemasks in Preventing Influenza-like Illness Transmission Among Australian Hajj Pilgrims in 2011,” Barasheed et al., 2014, Infect Disord Drug Targets:
“Protection by Face Masks against Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 Virus on Trans-Pacific Passenger Aircraft, 2009,” Zhang et al., Sep 2013, Emerg Infect Dis.:
“Testing the Efficacy of Homemade Masks: Would They Protect in an Influenza Pandemic?” Davies et al., Aug 2013, Disaster Med Public Health Prep.:
“Effectiveness of surgical masks against influenza bioaerosols” Booth et al., May 2013, Journal of Hosp Inf:
“Influenza Virus Aerosols in Human Exhaled Breath: Particle Size, Culturability, and Effect of Surgical Masks” Milton et al. Mar 7 2013. PLoS Pathog:
“Effectiveness of Selected Surgical Masks in Arresting Vegetative Cells and Endospores When Worn by Simulated Contagious Patients,” Green at al., Mar 16 2012, Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol.:
“The Role of Facemasks and Hand Hygiene in the Prevention of Influenza Transmission in Households: Results From a Cluster Randomised Trial; Berlin, Germany, 2009-2011,” Suess et al., Jan 26 2012, BMC Infect Dis.:
Evidence for Wearing Masks

Evidence for Wearing Masks
“Facemasks, Hand Hygiene, and Influenza Among Young Adults: A Randomized Intervention Trial,” Aiello et al., Jan 25 2012, PLoS One: …

“Is Abdominal Obesity Associated With the 2009 Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic in Korean School-Aged Children?” Kim et al., Dec 8 2011, Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses:
META: “Physical interventions to interrupt or reduce the spread of respiratory viruses” Jefferson et al., July 6 2011, Cochrane Database Syst Rev.:
“Impact of Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions on URIs and Influenza in Crowded, Urban Households,” Larson et al., Mar 2010, Public Health Rep.:
“Mask Use, Hand Hygiene, and Seasonal Influenza-Like Illness Among Young Adults: A Randomized Intervention Trial,” Aiello et al., Feb 15 2010, J Infect Dis.:
“Risk factors for SARS infection among hospital healthcare workers in Beijing: a case control study,” Tang et al., Oct 7 2009, Trop Med & Int Health:
“Facemasks and Hand Hygiene to Prevent Influenza Transmission in Households: A Cluster Randomized Trial,” Cowling et al., 6 Oct 2009, Ann Intern Med.:
“A Quantitative Assessment of the Efficacy of Surgical and N95 Masks to Filter Influenza Virus in Patients With Acute Influenza Infection,” Johnson et al., July 15 2009, Clin Infect Dis:
“Face Mask Use and Control of Respiratory Virus Transmission in Households,” MacIntyre et al., Feb 2009, Emerg Infect Dis.:
“The First Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial of Mask Use in Households to Prevent Respiratory Virus Transmission,” MacIntyre et al. Dec 1 2008, Int J Infect Dis.:
“Risk Factors for SARS Infection Within Hospitals in Hanoi, Vietnam,” Nishiyama et al., Sep 2008, Jpn J Infect Dis.:
“Professional and Home-Made Face Masks Reduce Exposure to Respiratory Infections among the General Population,” v.d.Sande et al., July 9 2008, PLoS One:
“Factors Associated With Nosocomial SARS-CoV Transmission Among Healthcare Workers in Hanoi, Vietnam, 2003,” Reynolds et al., Aug 2006, BMC Public Health:
“Investigation of the Influencing Factors on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Among Health Care Workers,” Pei et al., June 18 2006, Beijing Da Xue Xue Bao Yi Xue Ban:
“Simple Respiratory Mask,” Dato et al., June 2006, Emerg Infect Dis.:
Evidence for Wearing Masks

Evidence for Wearing Masks
“Rapid Awareness and Transmission of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in Hanoi French Hospital, Vietnam,” Jul 1 2005, Am J Trop Med and Hyg.: …

“Asymptomatic SARS Coronavirus Infection among Healthcare Workers, Singapore,” Wilder-Smith et al., July 2005, Emerg Inf Dis.:
63 “Factors associated with transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome among health-care workers in Singapore,” Teleman et al., Nov 8 2004, Epidemiol Infect.:
“SARS Transmission, Risk Factors, and Prevention in Hong Kong,” Lau et al., Apr 2004, Emerg Infect Dis.:
65 “Mild Illness Associated with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Infection: Lessons from a Prospective Seroepidemiologic Study of Health-Care Workers in a Teaching Hospital in Singapore,” Ho et al., Feb 15 2004, J Infect Dis.:
“Risk Factors for SARS among Persons without Known Contact with SARS Patients, Beijing, China” Wu et al., Feb 2004, Emerg Infect Dis:
“SARS Among Critical Care Nurses, Toronto,” Loeb et al., Feb 2004, Emerg Infect Dis.:
“Effectiveness of Personal Protective Measures in Prevention of Nosocomial Transmission of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome,” Yin et al., Jan 2004. Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue Za Zhi:
“Illness in Intensive Care Staff After Brief Exposure to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome,” Scales et al., Oct 2003, Emerg Infect Dis.:
70 “Effectiveness of precautions against droplets and contact in prevention of nosocomial transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS),” Seto et al., May 3 2003, Lancet:

Evidence for Wearing Masks

Source: [1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32][33][34][35][36][37][38][39][40][41][42][43][44][45][46][47][48][49][50][51][52][53][54][55][56][57][58][59][60][61][62][63][64][65][66][67][68][69][70][71]

Evidence for Wearing Masks


Recent Posts

  • Psychiatry

The teen brain tunes out mom’s voice in favor of more unfamiliar voices

The teen brain tunes out mom's voice in favor of more unfamiliar voices Around age… Read More

May 1, 2022
  • COVID-19

You Are Unlikely to Catch Omicron Variant if You Had Omicron

You Are Unlikely to Catch Omicron Variant if You Had Omicron Finally some good news… Read More

March 5, 2022
  • COVID-19

New Inhaled COVID Vaccine Protects Against Variants

Newly Developed Inhaled COVID Vaccine Protects Against COVID-19 Variants Scientists at McMaster University who have… Read More

February 12, 2022